5th Edition has now been around for some time and is nearing the point of having less days ahead of it than behind it. So now it is finally time to ask ourselves the big question, with years of games under our belts was it a step forwards, backwards, or sideways?
We are now realistically speaking at about the halfway point in the life span of Warhammer 40,000 5th Edition. 5th edition came out just over 2 years ago, and, judging by the life span of the other editions, has about 2-3 more years left before it is in turn replaced. What this means is that now is a good time for reflection, to consider what has gone before, and what may come after. It is a time when meaningful changes can still be suggested and realistically be received, and when the core tenets and philosophy of the next edition have yet to be decided.
When we talk about 5th edition we are in a unique position to look at it. Due to the growth of the game 5th is most likely the most played edition of the game. The massive explosion of the wargames blogosphere over the last few years also means that 5th is the most talked about edition of the game. It is the big “internet edition”, an edition in which every possible nuance, the pros and cons, the tricks, tactics and loopholes, are all put out on the internet to talk about. This puts us in a very good position to analyze and talk about the game, in fact that’s pretty much what all the writers for the major blogs and websites do.
Is the growing popularity of Warmachine and Flames of War a reflection people’s reaction to 5th, or something else? These are all the major questions we, the wargaming community, need to be asking ourselves regarding what we want to see in 40K 6th Edition. The question is, what do we want, the movements seen in 5th extended even more in 6th or a movement back to what we saw in the days of 3rd-4th?
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